The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: Book Review

Step into the intriguing world of ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ where adventure and mystery await at every turn. Join Kelsea Raleigh Glynn on a journey of self-discovery, courage, and the fight for a kingdom’s destiny.

Sneak Peak

‘The Queen of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen follows the story of Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, who must reclaim her deceased mother’s throne and kingdom from the dark forces that threaten to engulf the land. With the help of a few loyal companions, Kelsea navigates political intrigue, magic, and danger on her path to becoming the queen she was always meant to be.

My Take

I enjoyed the strong character development in ‘The Queen of the Tearling’. Kelsea’s journey from a sheltered princess to a determined queen is compelling and inspiring. Johansen’s world-building is vivid, immersing readers in a complex realm where magic coexists with political turmoil. The pacing of the story kept me engaged, with well-balanced action sequences and moments of introspection. However, at times, the plot felt predictable, and some character motivations seemed simplistic, detracting slightly from the overall depth of the story.

One aspect I appreciated was the exploration of leadership, power, and sacrifice woven throughout the narrative. Kelsea’s moral dilemmas and her commitment to justice added layers to her character, making her a relatable protagonist despite the fantastical setting.

What Makes the Book Unique

What sets ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ apart is its blend of classic fantasy elements with a contemporary twist. Johansen creates a world that feels both familiar and fresh, incorporating themes of identity, feminism, and the consequences of power into the narrative. The novel’s exploration of societal issues through a lens of magic and monarchy adds a unique layer of depth to the story.


In conclusion, ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ is a captivating tale of courage and destiny that will appeal to fans of fantasy and strong female protagonists. While it has its predictable moments, the richness of the world-building and the strength of Kelsea’s character make it a worthwhile read. I would recommend this book to those looking for a blend of political intrigue, magic, and coming-of-age elements in their fantasy reading.

4 out of 5 stars

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